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A young Shaun Harriott learned at a very early age how to entertain his family. He watched his Mother and Father’s delight when their favourite songs were played on the family’s record player. So one day, at a family gathering at his East London home, the young boy reached into his Parent’s reggae collection and played his first selection to please his awaiting family. “ I had a passion to play for people as a child, I always had a good ear for music because there was so much good music playing in my home growing up, I still love Pat Kelly, John Holt and Gregory Isaacs to this day.” Be it prematurely, this was the beginning of Shaun’s love of dj'ing.
This is no coincidence, as Shaun’s musical heritage is as
solid as it is inspiring. His Grandfather is the great jazz legend Joe Harriott, (A pioneer of free form Jazz and the first black artist to play at Ronnie Scotts in London). His cousin is reggae singer Derrick Harriott and renowned music manager Winston Harriott is also a cousin.
“I’m extremely proud of my Granddad, his determination and focus took him to a place in which he could touch many with his gift. When I watch his videos on You Tube I listen in awe.”
At the age of 11 Shaun got his first musical epiphany when he heard Tyrone Brunson’s electro classic The Smurf, this track not only lead him into body popping within the local B-boy ensemble Techno Rock, but laid a foundation for his journey into the rave scene in the late 1980’s. It was in this crew that he received the name that would christen his dj career Sharkeye. But popping wasn’t enough to engage him, experiencing his first acid house rave and hearing the inspirational DJ Mix Master Max. Shaun left his B boy dance moves, for the record shop and turntables and started practicing, he honed his deejay circuit skills in a small sound system called Smooth Intentions,with his partner Mc WONDER (Roland Ovid) who was also an inspiration to him , shaun says we bounced off each other makin it easy and loving the music more as were best of friends playing Soul and Rare groove. However the hypnotic pumping bass of this new music scene kept pulling Sharkeye back. He was then obsessively emulating the then pirate radio dj’s of the day.
In a chance meeting with two other pioneering figures in rave music. Dj Apache and Mc Fearless of the Brainkillers who were then playing on legendary hardcore/jungle radio station Weekend Rush fm, who said they would pass on his tape to the management of Rush. Subsequently, the following week Dj Sharkeye and MC Wonder started their Sunday slot on the station. For the next few years Sharkeye played the circuit of clubs and raves.
As years went by Sharkeye, looked back to the genre that introduced him into the rave scene, House music.
Sharkeye started collecting and mixing different styles of the music. However the bumpy tech styles of house music is what he loves the most and is more similar to the thumping rhythms of early acid house in London.
Dj Sharkeye is resident on unknown fm